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Strangers came and took us away!

The London Blitz. Image by Getty

The London Blitz. Image by Getty

How nice that the Barking and Dagenham Post have done a piece on my wartime memoirs “Blitz and Pieces”. I went to school in this area and I recall the Blitz experience in my book. So my connections are real and I appreciate them taking on this story. Of course I am retired in Spain now”. My book will be out in hardback as of tomorrow 30th April 2015, please see my website: for more details.

> B&D POST Link >

Here’s a snippet of the article Thank you B&D Post: 
One night in 1939 Percy Chattey was woken and told to get dressed. The three-year-old walked a mile through the winter rain to Whalebone Lane School. Half asleep, scared and confused Percy wondered, were the Germans coming?

It was pitch black – as street lights gave Dagenham’s co ordinations away to potential bombers. After being ushered into cars, trains and a boat he arrived in a small coastal village where he would be evacuated, just as a hazy morning light began to break through the clouds. “I don’t remember much of this journey,” admitted Percy, now 79.

I was too distressed and tired to take in what was going on. “We were told to line up. Total strangers came along the line picking children and taking them away. Can you imagine that happening today?”

Percy grew up in Dagenham and moved to Spain 15 years ago. He said living through “horror and destruction” makes a person flippant, which is why, in his 70s, he chose to write his début memoir “Blitz and Pieces” for his grandchildren to read. Now it’s his autobiography and mainly about his early years in Chadwell Heath during the Second World War.

After returning from evacuation Percy was five-years-old and living on East Street when the blitzing started. “We spent all our nights in the Anderson shelter wondering whether the house was still standing. It was a horrible cold thing with a corrugated steal roof,” he recalled.

“I remember cold, damp, sleepless nights and the sheer fear that when the air raids sounded you didn’t know what was going to happen. The shelter would rock and water poured down the walls. In the morning you’d get up and there would be bits of plane and shrapnel everywhere.”

PCBBlogBnrHe said bombs would drop continuously but the following day he’d be expected to go to school – St. Chad’s County Infants on Chadwell Heath’s Japan Road. He remembers a boy crying at school one day because his father had been killed by a doodlebug that morning.

“There was so much death that you had to get on with it and carry on and go to school,” he said. “No one spoke of injuries or death because it was all around us and happened too often. Without a doubt living through the blitz still affects me today. I want my grandchildren to know what it was like when I was young and how different life was then to growing up today.”

Blitz and Pieces will be published in hardback, paperback and eBook on Thursday (April 30 2015). It is available to buy on Amazon and in all major bookshops such as Waterstones, Barns & Noble, Kindle, etc. Or see Percy’s website: for more details.

Crowd-funding A Book!

It’s a term I first heard last year: “crowd-funding”. What’s that? I hear many of you ask. Well have a quick look over and you’ll soon learn that it is a way to fund creative projects / entrepreneurial ideas through small donations from “the crowd” as opposed to the traditional way of large venture capital, expensive loans or self-funding. Of course lots and lots of small affordable donations can add up to a substantial sum, enough to get a project off the ground. Hence the crowd funds the project.

It’ is now an established and credible route for all sorts of projects to get their funding. The project owner often gives a small incentive to the “giver” if the project is successful. The “giver” has the satisfaction that for a small monetary gift they are helping someone to kick start their venture, their dream, possibly to make a living and help them become successful that, without the funding might easily fall by the way side. Win-Win is the game.

Well to some degree this has been used to fund books and other creative tangibles like music and art. There is a great article on Winning Edits that asks where crowd-funding books might go.

“Indie authors are flocking to sites that allow them to create fund-raising pages for their book projects. It’s a beautiful and simple idea: have your readers fund your next book directly in exchange for intimate access to the process as well as exclusive goodies available at various pledge levels.”

A “Wow” story is that Frank Chimero (author) tried KickStarter to fund and produce his next book “The Shape of Design” – he wanted to raise $27,000 – incredibly he SMASHED his target by $85,000. (look over his Kickstarter Bid here) . Another was “Twig The Fairy” who had a successful bid at 163% over her target. So it can be done.

However, even though the likes of Kickstarter have a massive head start – other’s are seeing the future in niche crowdfunding – so if you love books and want to encourage writing then there are now a few niche sites appearing with the sole purpose of finding funding for Authors/Writers. Of note are PubSlush & Unbound. The latter aims to be the Kickstarter of the Book World and a publisher to boot!

“At Unbound, authors pitch their ideas and you choose which books get written.”. Their double-meaning sub-title is “Books are now in your hands”

Will it change the way authors write, publish and distribute their work? Well unbound want to do that so are they the next BIG THING that will challenge the Traditional Book World like Apple’s iTunes did with popular music or will the likes of Amazon Kindle/ CreateSpace see a new direction and snub out these upstarts?

Well the industry needs a kick up the backside as clearly they have given many an author an independent route, that already bypasses the trad’ physical book publishers so the evolution needs to move towards funding and distribution for the Indie Author as we all know the next best-seller will already be written but no-one knows where it is or how to get it in front of the buyers.

Interesting times indeed in the literary world. Now I do have a new thriller book out soon “Death For A Starter” – maybe Unbound might be worth a go ?

Are Real Books are better than eBooks?

Well yes they are according to this post It gives 10 good reasons why real books are better than eBooks. Can you counter them?

Although it makes some obvious reasons, they are worth being reminded of so I like the article mostly because each section has a quirky visual to illustrate the point. Like “reading in the bath”

Bath Tub made of Books!

Judging a Book by it’s Cover?

Huffington Post (Books) has a neat article about Indie Authors having to up the ante when it comes to getting their book noticed. A great book cover will attract attention and is part of the marketing mix. Until recently I would design my book covers in Word or Publisher as I didn’t have the skills or software to do a better job. In the end it was apparent that to compete I needed a designer. I engaged my web designer and my thriller books certainly look better now. Getting them in print really shows the difference and would grace any famous high street book stall.


By Terri Giuliano Long for

With self-publishing settling into the mainstream, fierce competition has upped the ante for indie authors. The finest books boast strong, well-written stories. But to rise to the top, to gain traction with readers, even the best book needs a dynamic cover. Recognizing this, savvy indies invest time and energy into creating striking cover designs. As a result, it’s becoming nearly impossible to differentiate between self- and traditionally published books. > Read more here

R U Stuck for Ideas or Need Some Practice Writing?

Article here: Suggests way to write better with some interesting exercises…

Intro to Creative Writing: Exercises for Story Writers

More Exercises:

  1. Write the first 250 words of a short story, but write them in ONE SENTENCE. Make sure that the sentence is grammatically correct and punctuated correctly. This exercise is intended to increase your powers in sentence writing.
  2. Write a dramatic scene between two people in which each has a secret and neither of them reveals the secret to the other OR TO THE READER.
  3. Write a narrative descriptive passage in a vernacular other than your own. Listen to the way people speak in a bar, restaurant, barber shop, or some other public place where folks who speak differently (“He has an accent!”) from you, and try to capture that linguistic flavor on the page.
  4. Play with sentences and paragraph structure: Find a descriptive passage you admire, a paragraph or two or three, from published material, and revise all the sentences. Write the passage using all simple sentences (no coordination, no subordination); write the passage using all complex-compound sentences; write the passage using varying sentence structure. The more ways you can think to play with sentence structure, the more you will become aware of how sentence structure helps to create pacing, alter rhythm, offer delight.
  5. Focus on verbs: Find a passage that you admire (about a page of prose) and examine all of the verbs in each sentence. Are the “active,” “passive,” “linking?” If they are active, are they transitive or intransitive? Are they metaphorical (Mary floated across the floor.)? What effects do verbs have on your reading of the passage?
  6. Take a passage of your own writing and revise all of the verbs in it. Do this once making all the verbs active, once making all the verbs passive. Then try it by making as many verbs as possible metaphorical (embedded metaphors).

Characters: There are two types of characters: well rounded and flat.

  1. Create character sketches. This is a good exercise to perform on a regular basis in your journal. Sometimes you can just create characters as they occur to you, at other times it is good to create characters of people you see or meet. Some of the best sketches are inspired by people you don’t really know but get a brief view of, like someone sitting in a restaurant or standing by a car that has been in an accident. Ask yourself who they are, what they are about. The fact that you don’t really know the person will free you up to make some calculated guesses that ultimately have more to say about your own vision of the world than they do about the real person who inspired the description. That’s okay, you are NOT a reporter, and ultimately the story you intend to tell is YOUR story.
  2. Write a character sketch strictly as narrative description, telling your reader who the character is without having the character do or say anything.
  3. Revise the above to deliver the character to the reader strictly through the character’s actions.
  4. Revise the above to deliver the character strictly through the character’s speech to another character.
  5. Revise the above to deliver the character strictly through the words/actions of another character (the conversation at the water fountain about the boss).
  6. Often when we call a character “flat” we mean that the author has failed in some way; however, many good stories require flat characters. Humor often relies on flat characters, but often minor characters in non-humorous pieces are also flat. These characters usually appear to help move the plot along in some way or to reveal something about the main character. A flat character is one who has only ONE characteristic. You can create whole lists of these and keep them in your journal so that you can call upon them when you need a character to fit into a scene.
  7. Young writers are prone to write autobiographical pieces. Instead of writing about people like yourself, try writing about someone who is drastically different in some way from you. Writing about someone who is a good deal older or younger than you will often free up your imagination. It helps to make sure you are delivering enough information to your reader so that the reader can clearly see the character and understand the character’s motives.
  8. Write a scene of about five hundred words in which a character does something while alone in a setting that is extremely significant to that character. Have the character doing something (dishes, laundry, filing taxes, playing a computer game, building a bird house) and make sure that YOU are aware that the character has a problem or issue to work out, but do NOT tell your reader what that is.

Printer Ink a Rip-Off … We already knew that!

A recent report in the Daily Mail (UK) shows how printer and ink manufacturers are ripping off the public with various tactics. The obvious one being sell the printer itself really cheaply as a loss leader and then lock the ink cartridge so you have to buy their ink at extortionate prices.

In doing so they have sparked off a whole new multi-million pound industry in cheaper replacement ink products. Is it so simple that if the official printer makers sold ink at reasonable prices they would lap up this money!!

The great printer rip off:

  • Ink costs more than vintage champers
  • devious new tricks mean you constantly have to buy refills, reduced the amount of ink inside them.
  • Cartridges with 4ml of ink cost 50p to make but sold at £3,000 per litre
  • Families can spend up to £2,000 every year on cartridge refills alone

Is their any sectors of retail or business industries that are not out to cheat us all. Greed!!

Sharing Link Juice is Good for Book Rankings!!

Percy Chattey Book Poster on Underground  BillboardHello Everyone… care to swap links?
Percy here. As you know I am an enthusiastic writer of thriller books and I am trying to learn the Indie Publishing ‘game’. Well all this new digital technology & on-line stuff is quite a learning curve for anyone, especially me. Yes, I’d rather be writing a book, LOL!

Well I guess there are lots of struggling authors sinking in the same boat, all wanting help. Right?

Well my knowledgeable web designer says we need loads of links, articles, blog posts, social media LIKES and followers and other network thingy-me-jigs I don’t understand. He says it will boost our on-line profile and search rankings… (Ermm! he sounds like a Martian to me.)

SHARING IS A BIG THING THESE DAYS! So if you are up to sharing on-line then maybe we can link or blog each other’s web pages so we get something my web designer calls “Google Link Juice” (he definitely drinks too much coffee!).

Here are my main on-line ‘channels’ if you are interested in hooking in for mutual benefit.
Please let me know if you want to help. I will gladly return the favour.

Either way I thank you for your time. Please reply to blogger [@] so my caffeine awake web designer can do the techie stuff.

I must dash now as I am trying to finish my latest Thriller Book “Death for a Starter”. (see the website for details)

Thank you and kind regards,

… I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them. Anne Rice

Internet millionaires who are tapping into YouTube

YouTube Fame: Ray William Johnson has become one of the highest earners on YouTube after coining in a reported $1million a year for his own series. Mr Johnson is one of the most successful of a new generation of Internet millionaires who are tapping into YouTube’s enormous reach. Given that Google pays up to $9,000 for every two million views, he has now earned a fortune by completely bypassing traditional TV networks. Mr Johnson is one of the most successful of a new generation of Internet millionaires who are tapping into YouTube’s enormous reach. According to the Wall St Journal more than 780million people now watch YouTube every month, which is more than many cable TV networks
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